Women tend to put themselves on the back burner, but a woman’s health should not be ignored. It’s very difficult for women to take control of their health and choose one thing at a time to improve it.
How can Women get back some control of their health?
Wanngi’s mission is to create a private space for people to take back control of their own health. This empowerment is key for more women to become more involved in their health and the Healthtech and Femtech industries are expecting this surge in interest. Historically, women are the world collaborators and communicators and this is the best place to give women a voice.
Currently when women see their doctor or a new doctor, they are repeating their health history such as allergies, current medications health history and the reason for the visit. They don’t have their current health information on hand to refer to or to communicate their symptoms. The impact is that 1 in 20 people are misdiagnosed when they see a medical professional. This number increases significantly for women. One of the reasons is that often research trials and study on chronic conditions has been based upon male patients. Recently, thousands of menopause cases were wrongly diagnosed as depression.
If women can come to a health appointment ready with evidence of their history and symptoms, they are increasing their chances of being diagnosed correctly. This is where Wanngi can help by providing a secure online location for women to manage their symptoms and store their health records.
Women are now keeping track of their symptoms and historic health records such as allergies, previous doctor visits and pathology tests. Women are also choosing doctors and healthcare services who are more willing to share their doctors notes and test results to their patients.
Women are also often the voice for their family’s health. Which is why Wanngi also provides an option to keep health records for children or family members who are cared for.
It's a social change Ladies!
Wanngi is an online health wallet for people to manage their symptoms and manage their health records. Consumers will drive this social change in moving from passive to more engaged in their health and use of personal health data. Healthcare systems are not as connected as people believe, however over time Wanngi aims to help by providing global pathways for people to connect and share their health records using the Wanngi HIPAA compliant platform. Furthermore, this will lead to data-driven medical innovations in areas such as big data-based disease predictions, personalised precision medicine, and medical research.
Are women driving this change as yet?
Given the higher risk of misdiagnosis, Women have the most to gain by moving to digital health and becoming their own health champion. We believe that woman will drive the changes required for digital health to provide value to all and the need to think beyond reproductive health (often referred to as “Femtech”).
Moving from passive to engaged in their health!
Whilst, consumers are tech savvy in the use of digital everywhere else in their lives, they are passive in its use it comes to their own health. This has mainly been because there is little awareness that people can access their health information. We believe that 2020 will see a positive move to people seeing the benefits of being more engaged in their health. Particularly, as we provide more connectivity and accessibility from healthcare systems/portals to consumers so they can have access to their health history, incorporate their wearable’s data and personalize their wellness goals. Recent global disasters such as the Australian Bushfire crisis are also highlighting the need to more away from physical health documents to digital records. 50% of the population has a chronic illness and impacts of bushfire smoke increase hospital admissions and the requirement to self monitor.
A recent survey conducted by the (USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona) talks about the uptake of consumers using digital health. Wanngi has listened to the results of this survey, and feedback provided by existing users. We have since implemented this functionality of appointment and healthcare reminders and it will be launched on all platforms shortly.
“More than half of respondents said they would be likely to have a virtual office visit to get immediate answers to urgent healthcare issues, while almost seven in 10 indicated they would be likely to use an app or online system for appointment scheduling and healthcare reminders.
But when required to prioritize, respondents ranked other aspects of healthcare interactions — like high-quality interactions with their doctor — much higher than access to digitised services.
The numbers suggest it’s about balance: making tradeoffs with valuable premium dollars to meet their health goals.
How is Wanngi involved with Women's health (Femtech)
Wanngi has been recognized by Forbes in the top 50 women-led startups disrupting HealthTech and CNET, showing the Australian company is becoming a growing influence in the digital health sector.
Women of Wearables – Top 100 women in Femtech and Healthtech
Women of Wearables – Global recognition of Wanngi by Women of Wearables
Femtech Collective- Interview with Maree Beare, founder and CEO of Wanngi